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  • National Startup Advisory Council by the Central Govt

    17 hours ago
    The Central Government has now decided to nominate non-official members of the National Startup Advisory Council. Highlights: ♦ The nominated members represent various stakeholders, such as founders of successful start-up companies, veterans who develop and grow companies in India, people who can represent the interests of emerging companies, people who can represent the interests of incubators and accelerators, the Stakeholders Association Representatives of startup companies and representatives of industry associations. ♦ The term of office of non-official members of the Startup Advisory Council is two years, or until further orders, whichever is earlier. ♦ The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) formed the “National Start-up Advisory Council” in January 2020, provide advice to the government and to establish a strong ecosystem to foster the country’s innovation and start-ups to promote sustainable economic growth and generate large-scale employment opportunities.

    WE Hub Announced its Partnership with i-HUB

    2 days ago
    WE Hub recently announced a partnership with i-Hub. I-Hub operates under the leadership of the Gujarat government. WE Hub operates under the leadership of the Telangana government. Highlights: ♦ WE Hub is a centre for women entrepreneurs. This is a business incubator, that is, it provides an environment for women entrepreneurs to develop their business. It aims to provide female entrepreneurs with solutions, innovative ideas, and qualified to focus on emerging fields.  ♦ It also supports undeveloped and undeveloped departments and service departments. The main goal of WE Hub is to eliminate economic and social barriers for women. ♦ i-Hub is a centre for student entrepreneurship and innovation. It aims to develop an end-to-end innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Gujarat.  ♦ In addition, it also provides facilities such as future and advanced technology laboratories, technical business guidance, networking, and regulatory and consulting services. It was created based on the "Student Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy" of Gujarat. ♦ The "Student Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy" aims to assist student-led entrepreneurship. It aims to create a common platform for students to demonstrate their innovative capabilities and establish an end-to-end support system in educational institutions. ♦ According to the "Student Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy", a student startup company is a student-led innovation-based startup company founded by one or more students or alumni (no more than five years from graduation). ♦ These centres were created to achieve the goals of the Startup India mission. ♦ Indian startups were launched in Red Fort in 2015. It was introduced to establish 75 startup support centres in the country. According to the 2019 Indian Startups Ranking, Gujarat has the best performance. Karnataka and Kerala rank the highest.

    Buddhist Circuit by the Ministry of Tourism

    3 days ago
    The Ministry of Tourism organized the "DekhoApnaDesh" webinar with the theme of “Exploring the Buddhist Circuit by Train”. Tourist Circuit: ♦ A Tourist Circuit is defined as a route with at least three main tourist destinations. The three main tourist destinations are completely different. ♦ The circuit should have well-defined entry and exit points. Visitors who enter should be motivated to visit most of the places identified in the circuit. ♦ The Circuit can be limited to State, or it can be a regional circuit covering multiple States/Union Territories. These circuits can have a dominant theme and other sub-themes. Buddhist Circuit ♦ The Buddhist Circuit includes the most important pilgrimage destination for Buddhist tourists.  ♦ The development of the Buddhist circuit is part of the Swadesh Darshan scheme announced by the GoI in 2014.  ♦ India is home to seven of the eight Buddhist sites, but less than 1% of Buddhists pilgrims in the world.  ♦ The Buddhist circuit includes Kapilavastu and Lumbini in Nepal (Buddha’s birthplace), Shravasthi, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Rajgir, Vaishali and Bodhgaya in India.

    Aero India Launched by Defence Minister

    3 days ago
    The Aero India 21 aviation app was launched by the Union Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh. The mobile application will serve as a convenient interactive interface for all questions related to Aero India in 2021. The application has the function of supporting Indian aviation attendees, exhibitors and media. Highlights: ♦ Aero India is a biennial air show which was held in Bangalore. It is organized by the National Defence Exhibition Organization under the Ministry of National Defence.  ♦ This year, Aero India’s theme is "Runway from One Billion Opportunities." Aero India 21 is the first mixed event, and business elements will occur both physically and virtually. ♦ The 1st edition of Aero India was held in the year1996. Aero India 21 aircraft will be consistent with the 2020 draft defence production and export promotion policy. ♦ The National Defence Exhibition Organization was established in 1981. The Defence Exhibition organization was established to promote the export potential of India’s Defence industry.  ♦ The National Defence Exhibition Organization is responsible for organizing international exhibitions such as DEFEXPO. National Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy Draft: Currently, the scale of the Defence industry is 80 billion rupees. Among them, the public sector contributed 63 billion rupees and the private sector contributed 17 billion rupees. The policy aims to increase private sector participation to help India achieve its Atma Nirbhar goals. The main goal of the policy is to achieve a turnover of 175 billion rupees by 2025, including exports of 350 billion rupees. The policy aims to reduce Defence imports and promote the "Made in India" program. The list of negative weapons was notified. The policy targets to update the list at least once a year. The country’s two defensive corridors in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh will be targeted by providing additional support.

    Tamil Nadu 11th State - One Nation One Ration Card System

    4 days ago
    Tamil Nadu became the 11th state to complete the reform of the “One Nation One Ration Card” system. Highlights: ♦ Tamil Nadu has become the 11th state in the country that has successfully implemented the “One Nation One Ration Card system" reform prescribed by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. ♦ Therefore, the state is eligible to mobilize additional financial resources of Rs 48.13 billion through Open Market Borrowings. ♦ Tamil Nadu has now joined the other 10 states and they have completed this reform. They are Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh. Background: ♦ In response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, GOI increased the state's borrowing limit by 2% of its GSDP. ♦ Half of this special distribution is related to the country’s citizen-centred reforms. ♦ The One Nation One Ration Card System is an important citizen-centric reform. Its implementation ensures that food rations are provided to beneficiaries in any Fair Price Shop (FPS) across the country in accordance with the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and other welfare programs (especially migrant workers and their families). ♦ The reforms enable states to better target beneficiaries and also eliminate bogus/duplicate/ineligible cardholders resulting in enhanced welfare and reducing leakage.

    Defence Minister Unveils Driverless Metro Car

    4 days ago
    Defence Minister unveils India’s 1st  Indigenously Designed & Developed Driverless Metro Car. Highlights: The metro car was launched for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Indigenously designed and developed state-of-the-art Driverless Metro trains are manufactured at BEML, Bangalore complex (a National Defense PSU Company). The indigenous content of the project is 63%, which will increase to 75% in the next two to three years.

    ASMI Developed by Infantry School and ARDE

    4 days ago
    India’s first 9mm machine gun was jointly developed indigenously by the Infantry School and the Arms Research and Development Agency (ARDE) of DRDO Pune. Highlights: ♦ Machine guns are mainly self-loading pistols, which can be fully automatic or can fire bullets. The pistol was named "Asmi", which means "proud", "self-respect" and "hard work". The machine gun fired 9mm ammunition in use. ♦ Its total unladen weight is less than 2 Kg, equipped with an 8-inch barrel and 33 rounds of large-capacity magazine. ♦ Its upper receiver is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, and its lower receiver is made of Carbon Fibre. ♦ The 3D printing process has been used in the design and prototyping of various parts, including trigger assemblies made of metal 3D printing. ♦ This weapon has great potential in the armed forces and can be used as a personal weapon for heavy weapons detachments, commanders, tanks, aircraft crews, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations. ♦ The production cost of the machine gun may be lower than Rs. Each has 50,000 and has export potential.

    Railways Ministry Approved A New Iron Ore Policy

    4 days ago
    The Ministry of Railways approved a new iron ore policy. This policy will take effect on February 10, 2021. The iron ore policy governs the distribution and transportation of iron ore. Highlights: ♦ The rake distribution system module will be updated by the Centre Railway Information System (CRIS). ♦ The policy will give priority to shipping iron ore to domestic manufacturing. In the domestic movement, steel, sponge iron, pig iron, pellets or sinter plants with customers will be given higher priority and special sliding will be carried out at the loading and unloading end. These customers will follow closely, relying on private residences to slide on their own. ♦ The policy classifies the flow of iron ore based on the availability of railway infrastructure developed by customers. Similarly, the essence of movement will be to maximize the railway movement of iron ore. ♦ Iron ore is the second most important traffic flow for Indian Railways. Iron ore and steel together account for more than 17% of the total freight volume of Indian railways (data for 2019-20).  ♦ The total freight volume of Indian Railways is 1,210 tons. Among them, iron ore is 15335 million tons and steel are 538.1 million tons. ♦ India’s total recoverable iron ore reserves are 9.602 billion tons of hematite and 3.408 billion tons of magnetite. The main states that produce iron ore in India are Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan. CRIS: CRIS maintains the information system of Indian Railways. It was established in 1986. The main projects of CRIS are the computerization of freight business, passenger reservation system, Next Generation Electronic Ticketing, Indian Railways non-reserved ticketing system, national train query system, railway budgeting system, etc.

    Valedictory Function Of 2nd National Youth Parliament Festival

    11 days ago
    Shri Narendra Modi to deliver a note on the Valedictory function of the 2nd National Youth Parliament Festival on 12th January 2021, via video conferencing. Highlights: ♦ The purpose of the National Youth Parliament Festival (NYPF) is to concentrate to the voices of youngsters aged 18 to 25 who can vote and may participate in various occupations, including public service, within the approaching years. ♦ NYPF is based on the ideas presented by the Prime Minister in his Mann Ki Baat Address on New Year's Day Eve, 2017. ♦ The first National Youth Parliament Festival (NYPF) was held from January 12 to February 27, 2019, with the theme "Be the Voice of latest India and finding Solutions and Contributing to Policy". ♦ The 2nd NYPF was launched on December 23, 2020 through a virtual mode and thus the finals are getting to be held on11th January, 2021 within the Central Hall of the Parliament. ♦ 29 national winners will have the prospect to speak before the national jury, composed of MPs Roopa Ganguly, Rajya Sabha, Parvesh Sahib Singh, MPs, Lok Sabha and Prafulla Ketkar. ♦ The top three winners will have the chance to speak to the Prime Minister within the voting function on January 12. ♦ The National Youth Festival is widely known from January 12th to 16th once a year. ♦ 12th January is that the birthday anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and is taken into account the National Youth Day. This year, NYPF also will organize with the National Youth Festival. ♦ Due to COVID-19, the 24th National Youth Festival was held in virtual mode and thus the theme of this year festival is “YUVAAH – Utsah Naye Bharat Ka”. ♦ Both the opening ceremony of the 24th National Youth Festival and thus the closing ceremony of the 2nd National Youth Congress Festival are getting to be persisted January 12, 2021 within the Central Hall of the Parliament.

    Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav Drive in Goa

    11 days ago
    Under ICAR’s "Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav" initiative, Cleanliness activities are administered in Ibrampur, Veling and Parra villages in Goa. Highlights: ♦ The drive “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” was launched in 2015. ♦ This is the flagship programme of the Prime Minister of India. ♦ Objective: Provide farmers with necessary information, knowledge and advice on a daily basis through adoption villages. ♦ Aim: to plug the direct interface of scientists with the farmers to hasten the lab to land process. ♦ Indian Council of Agricultural Research – ICAR implements the drive, which is an autonomous body liable for coordinating agricultural education & research. ♦ ICAR reports to the Department of Agricultural Research & Education, Ministry of Agriculture.

    G Kishan Reddy Committee Formed for Ladakh

    11 days ago
    The Government decided to line up a committee to guard the language, culture and land of Ladakh and ensure citizen participation within the development of the Union Territory. Highlights: ♦ The committee is going to be chaired by the Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy. ♦ It will include elected representatives from Ladakh, Ladakh Autonomous Hills Development Council, Central Government and Ladakh administration. ♦ The decision to determine the committee was made after a gathering with a 10-member delegation in Ladakh. The Ladakh delegation expressed its views on the necessity to guard Ladakh’s unique cultural identity.

    Digital Calendar & Diary of state of India

    11 days ago
    The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting launched the Digital Calendar and Diary of state of India. Highlights: ♦ Digital Calendar & Diary of state of India are available as free mobile apps on Google Play and iOS App Store. ♦ They are available in Hindi and English, and can soon be available in 11 regional languages. ♦ The mentioned app was developed by the Ministry of data and Broadcasting Bureau of Outreach and Communication, together with the NIC (National Informatics Centre). ♦ The app will provide: ♦ The timeline of launch of the varied government of India programmes thus far. ♦ The latest information about GOI’s various schemes, events, and publications. ♦ Official holidays & other important dates. ♦ Inspirational & motivational messages from great personalities of our nation. ♦ Provision of digital notes is going to be stored with the foremost advanced security & privacy measures. ♦ Provision for the planning of meetings and setting reminders for important tasks and events. ♦ In the future, the visually-handicapped people also can use this app.

    NIXI Provides Free Domain in Local Indian Languages

    11 days ago
    NIXI (National Internet Exchange of India) provides a free IDN (Internationalized Domain Name), which contains any of the 22 official Indian preferred languages, and every IN name reserved by the registrant. Applicants also will receive free local language emails. This offer was created to stimulate the adoption of International (IDN) Domain Names and increase local language content. NIXI: According to Section 8 of the businesses Act, 2013, established in 2003, NIXI may be a non-profit organization. NIXI was established to form ISPs (Internet Service Providers) peer-to-peer with one another. the aim is to route domestic domestic traffic, to not bring it all the thanks to the United States/abroad. this protects international bandwidth, thereby improving service quality (reducing latency) and reducing ISP bandwidth costs.

    Urban Local Bodies Reforms In India

    11 days ago
    Telangana becomes the 3rd State to finish the Urban Local Bodies reforms. Highlights: ♦ Telangana has become the 3rd State in India to successfully implement the "Urban Local Bodies (ULB)" reform prescribed by the Finance Ministry and Department of Expenditure. ♦ Therefore, the State is eligible to mobilize additional financial resources of Rs 25.08 crore through Open Market Borrowings. ♦ Telangana has now joined two other states, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, which have completed this reform. ♦ The purpose of the reform of urban local institutions and the reform of urban public utilities is to strengthen the urban public finance of each state so that it can provide better public health and health services. Ultralight enterprises that have undergone economic revival will also be able to build good citizenship infrastructure.

    Central Scheme for Industrial Development in J&K

    13 days ago
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved an ambitious plan to promote industrial development in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The Indian government has allocated 28,400 crore rupees for industrial development planned for Jammu and Kashmir. The funds to be utilized to enhance the industrial sector in the region until 2037. Highlights: ♦ The main purpose of the plan is to create employment opportunities, thereby promoting economic development, and promote the development of industry and service industries. In turn, this will attract new investment. ♦ The plan is ambitious because it attracts large and small industrial sectors. ♦ The plan provides the following incentives: ♦ The plan will provide 30% of capital investment incentives in the region. ♦ It will provide 50% investment incentives in Zone B. This includes investments in manufacturing and construction. ♦ The maximum rewards are Rs 5 crore for Zone A and Rs 7.5 crore for Zone B. ♦ The plan will provide 7-year annual interest rate subsidies for loans up to 5 billion rupees for a period of 7 years. ♦ The incentives related to the goods and services tax will be 300% of the qualified value of the actual investment. ♦ The amount of reward provided should not exceed one-tenth of the amount of eligible reward. ♦ The plan is expected to attract substantial investment and provide 4.5 lacs direct and indirect employment opportunities in the region. ♦ So far, the central government has invested a total of 11.23 billion rupees as part of the industrial policy in Kashmir.

    Foundation Stone Laid For New Anubhava Mantapa

    13 days ago
    The Chief Minister of Karnataka laid the foundation stone for the "New Anubhava Mantapa" of Basavakalyan, where the 12th century poet and philosopher Basavanna lived for most of his life. Highlights: ♦ The project will show the 12th-century Anubhava Mantapa ("first parliament within the world") established by him in Basavakalyan, where debates of philosophers and social reformers held. ♦ The building will adopt the Kalyana Chalukya architectural style ♦ During the period of the Kalachuri-dynasty Bijjala king I in Karnataka, Basavanna was a philosopher, statesmen, Kannada poet and social reformer in the twelfth century. ♦ Basavanna spread social consciousness through his poems, popularly called Vachanaas. ♦ Basavanna rejects gender or social discrimination, superstition and rituals. ♦ He introduced new public institutions, such as Anubhava Mantapa (or the “hall of spiritual experience”), which welcomes men and women from all socioeconomic backgrounds to openly discuss spiritual and secular life issues. ♦ As a leader, he developed & inspired a new devotional movement called Virashaivas, or "ardent, heroic worshippers of Shiva". The movement originated from the continuous Tamil Bhakti movement in the 7th to 11th centuries, especially the Shaiva Nayanars tradition. ♦ Basava advocates pious worship, reject the temple worship and rituals led by Brahmanism, and replaces Shiva with personalized direct worship of Shiva through the practice of personally wearing icons and uvulas. ♦ Basaveshwara was the first Kannadiga created to commemorate his social reforms. ♦ In November 2015, the Prime Minister of India held the unveiling ceremony of the Basaveshwara statue on the banks of the R.Thames in Lambeth, London.  

    Longitudinal Ageing Study of India First Wave - India Report

    13 days ago
    The Union Health Minister releases the Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI) Wave-1, India Report. LASI: ♦ LASI (Longitudinal Ageing Study of India) may be a full–scale national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic, & social determinants & consequences of population ageing in India. ♦ LASI is developed by the National Programme for Health Care of Elderly (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) through the International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS, Mumbai) together with the Harvard School of Public Health, Southern California University, USA. ♦ The first wave of LASI covers a baseline sample of 72,250 individuals aged 45 and over and therefore their spouses from all Indian states and the Confederation (UT), including 31,464 seniors 60 and over, and 6,749 people 75 and over(Except Sikkim). Significance: ♦ This is India’s first and largest survey within the world, and it provides a longitudinal database for designing policies and programs for senior citizens during a wide selection of social, health and economic well-being. ♦ Evidence from LASI (Longitudinal Ageing Study of India) are going to be wont to further strengthen and expand the scope of the National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly & also help in establishing a variety of preventive & health care programmes for the older population. ♦ This is important because consistent with the 2011 Census, the population over 60 years old accounted for 8.6% of the Indian population. ♦ It grows at a rate of about 3% per annum. By 2050, the elderly population will increase to 319 million, of which about 75% suffer from one or another chronic disease.  

    Status Of Avian Influenza within the Country

    13 days ago
    Avian Influenza (bird flu) may be an outbreak in several states of India. The Avian Influenza virus has been circulating globally for several years, with four known major outbreaks recorded within a century. Highlights: ♦ After confirming positive samples from ICAR-NIHSAD, Avian Influenza has been reported from the subsequent States: Rajasthan (crow), Madhya Pradesh (crow), Himachal Pradesh (migratory birds), Kerala (poultry-duck). ♦ Suggested measures: - Strengthen the biological safety of poultry farms - Disinfect the affected area; - Properly eliminate dead birds/carcasses; - Collect and submit samples in time for confirmation and further monitoring. ♦ It is also recommended to coordinate with the forest department to report any abnormal deaths of birds. ♦ Other states are requested to be vigilant for any abnormal deaths in birds and immediately report the required measures. Key Facts: ♦ Avian Influenza (AI) - Caused by: Avian (bird) influenza (flu) A viruses. ♦ This virus occurs naturally in wild aquatic birds worldwide and may infect poultry and other birds and animals. ♦ Avian influenza viruses don't infect humans usually. ♦ India announced the primary outbreak of avian influenza in 2006. ♦ Although the disease is zoonotic, India has not yet reported human infections. ♦ There is no evidence that the AI virus are often transmitted to humans through the consumption of contaminated poultry products. ♦ The implementation of management practices that combine biosafety principles, personal hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection protocols may be a critical means to regulate the spread of AI viruses. ♦ In India, it is particularly spread by migratory birds entering India during winter (ie September-October to February-March). ♦ It is possible to hold out secondary transmission through human handling (through hazardous substances).  

    Delhi School Bag Policy by NCERT

    14 days ago
    The Directorate of Education has issued a notice requiring schools to follow the new "School Bag Policy 2020" released by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Highlights: ♦ According to the notice, school teachers must notify students in advance of the books and notebooks to be brought to the school on a specific date. ♦ They should check their bags frequently to ensure that they are not carrying unnecessary material. ♦ According to the policy, the weight of school bags should be: (i)    Classes I and II students -->1.6 - 2.2 kg  (ii)    Classes III, IV and V students  --> 1.7 - 2.5 kg (iv)    Classes VI and VII  --> 2 - 3 kg  (v)    Class VIII --> 2.4 - 4 kg  (vii)    Classes IX and X  --> 2.5 - 4.5 kg (ix)    Classes XI and XII --> 3.5 - 5 kg ♦ Teachers are responsible for checking the weight of students’ schoolbags every three months on a selected day of the class. ♦ Any information about heavy bags should be notified to parents. ♦ In order to reduce the weight of school bags, school management should provide all students in the school with a sufficient amount of high-quality drinking water.

    Bharat Griha Raksha Policy Was Introduced

    14 days ago
    The policy introduced is to replace the Standard Fire and Special Perils Policies. It has 3 key components which include Bharat Laghu Udyam Suraksha, Bharat Griha Raksha, and Bharat Sookshma Udyam Suraksha. Bharat Griha Raksha Policy ♦ According to the Bharat Griha Raksha policy, IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India) will introduce a standard housing insurance policy that will cover fire risks and other related hazards. ♦ The policy will cover various hazards such as Natural catastrophs like cyclone, storm, tsunami, Hurricane, floods, earthquake, landslide, fires, bushfires, impact damages of any kind, strike, riot, acts of terrorism, malicious damage of, overflowing of water tanks, pipe leakage from automatic sprinkler installations, bursting of water tanks and tested within 7 days after the occurrence. ♦ In addition to housing construction insurance, the policy will also provide “General Home Content Insurance”. The policy will provide 20% of the insurance amount of the building, up to 10 lakh rupees. Bharat Laghu Udyam Suraksha The plan will cover companies with insurable asset classes in the region whose total risk value exceeds Rs 5 crores. Bharat Sookshma Udyam Suraksha It is a standard product for enterprises, and its total value at risk does not exceed Rs 5 crore. It will cover machinery, buildings, factories, stocks and other assets.

    DPIIT is organizing Udyog Manthan

    15 days ago
    Ministry of Industry and Commerce, The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and Government of India is organizing Udyog Manthan. Highlights: ♦ Udyog Manthan is a marathon of industry-specific online seminars aimed at promoting the quality and productivity of Indian industry. ♦ DPIIT is organizing webinars in collaboration with the Quality Council of India, the National Productivity Council and industry bodies. ♦ Udyog Manthan will identify challenges, opportunities, and learn from solutions and best practices. ♦ The dialogue will enable cross-industry and cross-departmental learning to improve quality and productivity, thereby promoting the "Vocal for Local" and realizing the vision of "Aatmanirbhar Bharat".

    Freight Business Development Portal by Railways

    15 days ago
    The Ministry of Railways has launched a dedicated portal website to promote and develop the railway freight business-the freight business development portal. Highlights: ♦ Due to the coronavirus crisis, passenger train services have been suspended, and the railway sector relies heavily on freight revenue to make money. ♦ The Dedicated Railway Freight Corridor of India Limited (DFCCIL) is a government enterprise under the administration of the Ministry of Railways. It is currently constructing a 3,342 km east-west freight corridor to be used exclusively for trains. ♦ This is the first dedicated freight portal website that will ensure that all operations are customer-centric, reduce logistics providers' costs, provide online tracking facilities for suppliers, and simplify the cargo transportation process. ♦ The purpose is to replace physical processes with online processes to minimize the need for interaction between people. ♦ The portal focuses on the convenience of conducting business, bringing greater transparency and providing professional support. ♦ The railway company also invited consolidators, truck drivers, warehouse owners and labor providers to provide services to more than 9,000 freight customers at more than 4,000 freight stations.

    Sagarmala Seaplane Services Launched by Union Ministry

    16 days ago
    The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is launching the Sagarmala Seaplane Service (SSPS). The Ministry is beginning the operation of Seaplane Services on specific routes under the framework of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) through potential airline operators. Sagarmala Seaplane Services: ♦ The Ministry is beginning the operation of Seaplane Services on specific routes under the framework of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) through potential airline operators. ♦ The execution and implementation of the project will be carried out through Sagarmala Development Company Ltd. (SDCL), which is under the administration of the Ministry. ♦ One such Seaplane Service has been operating between Kevadia and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad in October 2020. ♦ In order to provide connectivity and make it easier to reach remote areas, SDCL is exploring plans to take advantage of India's vast coastline and the potential of numerous water bodies/rivers by starting seaplane operations. ♦ The Seaplane will use the nearby waters for take-off and landing, thus connecting these places in a very economical way, because the seaplane operation does not require conventional airport infrastructure such as runways and terminals. Benefits of seaplane operations: -    Provide faster and more comfortable transportation across the country. -    Improve air connections with tourists/religious destinations. -    Promote domestic and international tourism. -    Save travel time to remote/hilly areas. -    Promote business activities in the area.

    Rashtriya Kamadhenu Aayog Announces Online Exam

    16 days ago
    Rashtriya Kamadhenu Aayog recently announced that it will conduct a national-level "Gaau-Vigyan" (Cattle Science) online exam. This is done to arouse students and the public's interest in local cows and their benefits. Highlights: ♦ The exam will be on February 25, 2021. ♦ All elementary, middle and university level students can take the te test for free. ♦ The exam will be held every year starting in 2021. ♦ This exam is the first time in China. ♦ All those who take the exam should receive a certificate, and the results of the exam will be announced immediately after the exam. ♦ Rashtriya Kamadhenu Aayog has prepared learning materials about cow science to help aspiring candidates. ♦ This exam will make all Indians curious about cows and make them aware of the business opportunities and untapped potential that cows can provide after they stop feeding. Rashtriya Kamadhenu Aayog: Rashtriya Kamadhenu Aayog was established to organize animal husbandry in accordance with modern and scientific methods. It will take steps to improve the breed of dairy cows and prohibit the slaughter of dairy cows. It is an integral part of Rashtriya Gokul Mission. The mission is to protect and develop indigenous cattle breeds. The mission was launched in 2014 according to the National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development.

    ADB Signs Loan To Boost Power Supply In Bengaluru

    17 days ago
    The Asian Development Bank recently signed a US$100 million agreement to modernize and upgrade Bangalore’s electricity. Highlights: ♦ According to the Bangalore Smart Energy Efficient Power Distribution Project, this US$100 million loan is used to improvise the quality and reliability of power supply in Bangalore. In addition, the loan will be used to install 2,800 kilometres of optical cable.  ♦ These fibre optic cables should be placed parallel to the underground power distribution cables. The parallel laying of electrical and communication lines will help reduce technical and commercial losses by 30%. ♦ Fiber optic cables will be used in smart metering systems and distribution automation systems in the distribution network. In addition, the project will install 1,700 automatic ring network cabinets to control switchgear for distribution lines. ♦ The project aims to convert overhead distribution lines into underground cables. It will also install fibre optic cables in parallel with underground cables. ♦ Install automatic ring network equipment in six districts of Bangalore. Improve the institutional operational capabilities of BESCOM (Bangalore Electricity Supply Company)

    TRIFED Signed Mou With Akhil Bhartiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram

    17 days ago
    TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India) led by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Akhil Bhartiya vanvasi Kalyan Ashram signed a memorandum of understanding to establish TRIFOOD Park in Madhya Pradesh. Highlights: ♦ Under the Memorandum of Understanding, TRIFED and Akhil Bhartiya vanvasi Kalyan Ashram will jointly implement Van Dhan Yojana. This will be achieved by mobilizing self-help groups, TRIFOOD Park, Van Dhan Vikas Kendra.  ♦ They will jointly provide machinery and equipment, identify self-help groups, organize training and build infrastructure. They will also focus on other activities such as gardening, fishing, floristry, animal husbandry and handicrafts. ♦ ♦ They will mainly focus on improving the lives of the tribe. ♦ TRIFOOD is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the Ministry of Food Processing Industry and TRIFED. It was launched in August 2020 under the leadership of Van Dhan Yojana. TRIFOOD Park is a food processing center. ♦ TRIFOOD Park will source raw materials from Van Dhan Kendras. It will then be processed and sold nationwide through tribes of Indian tribes. ♦ Except for secondary forest products, the minimum support prices for food crops are determined by the Agricultural Cost and Price Committee under the cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture. ♦ The minimum support price for 24 commodities is set twice a year.

    Kochi Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline Dedicated to the Nation

    17 days ago
    The Prime Minister dedicated the Kochi-Mangaluru Gas Pipeline to the nation. This is a 450-kilometer-long pipeline built by Gail (India) Ltd. Kochi – Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline: ♦ It has a daily transportation capacity of 12 million metric standard cubic meters, and transports natural gas from the LNG (liquefied natural gas) regasification station in Kochi (Kerala) to Mangaluru (Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka) while passing through The Ernakulam, Palakkad, Malapuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod regions of Thrissur. ♦ Laying the pipeline is an engineering challenge because the route of the pipeline makes it necessary to traverse more than 100 water bodies.This is done through a special technique called “Horizontal Directional Drilling method”. ♦ The total cost of the project is approximately Rs. 3000 crores. ♦ The pipeline will provide Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to households in the form of Pipeline Natural Gas (PNG) and environmentally friendly and affordable fuel to the transportation sector. ♦ It supplies natural gas to commercial and industrial sectors in various districts along the pipeline. ♦ Consuming cleaner fuel will help improve air quality by suppressing air pollution. ♦ This event is also a milestone in the creation of "One Nation One Gas Grid".

    E-Committee Of Supreme Court Gets Award

    17 days ago
    E-committee of the Supreme Court (SC) of India conferred with the Platinum Award for Excellence in Digital Governance by the President of India. Highlights: ♦ The E-Court project conceived and implemented by the E-committee, the Supreme Court of India, the Department of Justice and the NIC (National Information Center) is a Mission Model Project of the Indian Government. ♦ Citizens can access the status of the case and the court order on the grounds of litigation anytime and anywhere through the e-court service website, mobile application, SMS and email services of the 3293 court building. ♦ People can also get 24×7 details of more than 130 million cases, court orders and judgments for free. ♦ During the COVID pandemic, the courts used the digital infrastructure provided by the electronic court project pan India through video conferencing to hear more than 5.5 million cases through video conferencing, making Indian courts a global leader in handling cases through VC

    Cabinet Approved Industrial Corridor Nodes At Krishnapatnam And Tumakuru

    17 days ago
    The Cabinet approved the Industrial Corridor nodes at Krishnapatnam and Tumakuru under Chennai Bangalore Industrial Corridor (CBIC). The Cabinet has approved the Ministry of Industry and Internal Trade Promotion (DPIIT) proposal for the construction of various trunk line infrastructure components. Highlights: ♦ The Cabinet has approved the proposal by the Ministry of Industry and Internal Trade Promotion (DPIIT) to build various trunk line infrastructure components for use in: -    Krishnapatnam Industrial Zone, Andhra Pradesh -    Tumakuru Industrial Zone, Karnataka ♦ Multi-Modal Logistics Hub - MMLH and Multi-Modal Transport Hub -MMTH in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh Industrial Corridors: ♦ In November 2019, the government approved the creation of five industrial corridor projects, which will be implemented via National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust - NICDIT. ♦ Krishnapatnam Industrial Zone and Tumakuru Industrial Zone are under the Chennai Bangalore Industrial Corridor (CBIC). ♦ These greenfield industrial cities will be self-sufficient through world-class infrastructure, road and rail connections, in order to achieve freight transportation to and from ports and logistics hubs, as well as reliable electricity and high-quality social infrastructure. Multi-Modal Logistics Hub: ♦ The logistics hub project will be developed into a world-class facility that can provide effective food storage for the dedicated freight channel (DFC). ♦ It will provide a one-stop destination for freight companies and customers. The facility provides standard container handling activities. ♦ It provides various value-added services to reduce logistics costs and increase operational efficiency. Multi-Modal Transport Hub - MMTH project: ♦ This project will be located near the already existing Indian railway station in Boraki. ♦ It will serve as a transportation hub, providing passengers with rail, road and MRTS accessibility in a seamless manner. ♦ MMTH will provide space for interstate bus terminal (ISBT), local bus terminal (LBT), subway, commercial, retail and hotel spaces, and green open spaces. ♦ The project will provide world-class passenger transportation facilities for the growing population of the catchment area to cater to the upcoming development of the United States. The NCR sub-region thus eliminates the congestion in Delhi. ♦ This will also increase employment opportunities.  

    Foundation Stone For Light House Projects By PM

    18 days ago
    The Prime Minister will lay the foundation for the Lighthouse Project (LHP) under the Global Housing Technology Challenge in India (GHTC-India), which plans to cover six states. And PM will also announce the winners of the "India Affordable Sustainable Housing Accelerator" (ASHA-India) and present the annual Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding individuals who have performed Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-City (PMAY-U) mission. Highlights: ♦ The Prime Minister will also release an innovative construction technology certificate course called NAVARITIH (New, Affordable, Validated, Research Innovation Technologies for Indian Housing), as well as the 54 types of innovative housing construction technology guidelines identified by GHTC-India. ♦ The Lighthouse Project (LHP) has demonstrated on such a large scale in India that the best new era alternative global technologies, materials and processes in the construction field. ♦ They were built under GHTC in India, and the idea is to provide an ecosystem for the overall adoption of innovative technologies in the residential building sector. ♦ LHP is in India Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Rajkot (Gujarat), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agatara (Tripura) and Le Know (Uttar Pradesh) construction ♦ They include approximately 1,000 houses and related infrastructure in each location. ♦ Compared with traditional masonry buildings, these projects will demonstrate and deliver habitable houses at a faster rate within twelve months. ♦ They will be more economical, sustainable, high-quality and durable.

    Madhya Pradesh Government Organizes "Raag-Bhopali" Exhibition

    22 days ago
    The Madhya Pradesh Government is organizing a "Raag-Bhopali" exhibition to promote Bhopal’s Zari-Zardozi handicrafts. Highlights: ♦ Embroidery done with metal thread is called kalabattu and forms zari. ♦ The main Zari production centre is in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. ♦ Here, the metal ingots are melted into a metal rod called pasa, which is beaten to obtain a certain length after processing. ♦ Then pull it through a steel plate with holes to make it into a wire, and then perform the Tarkashi process to make it thin through a rubber and diamond mold. ♦ The last stage is called badla, where the wires are flattened and twisted with silk or cotton thread to form Kasab or kalabattu. Different kinds of zari work ♦ Zardozi: This is a heavy and delicate embroidery work, using various gold threads, spangles, beads and gota. -    They are used to decorate wedding outfits, heavy coats, cushions, curtains, etc. ♦ Kamdani: This is lighter needlework done on more lightweight materials such as scarves, veils, and caps. ♦ Mina work: It is called because it is similar to enamel work. -    The embroidery is done in gold.

    Union Health Minister Nominated To The Board Of GAVI

    22 days ago
    The Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, was nominated to the Board of GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance. The Global Alliance has nominated the Minister for Vaccines and ImmunizationImmunization (GAVI) as a GAVI board member. He will be representing the South East Area Regional Office (SEARO)/Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) constituency of the GAVI Board. He will hold the post from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2023.  GAVI: As part of its mission to save lives, reduce poverty and protect the world from pandemics, the Vaccine Alliance GAVI has vaccinated 822 million children in the world’s poorest countries and prevented more than 14 million future deaths. GAVI was established in 2000 under the name "Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization". The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiated it. It partners with the Foundation, the WHO, the UNICEF, the World Bank, and Governments worldwide. The GAVI is dedicated to improving the use of vaccines among the most vulnerable children.

    New Bhaupur - New Khurja Section Of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor

    22 days ago
    India's prime minister is committed to the ambitious New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Highlights: ♦ The construction cost of the 351 km long New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of the EDFC is Rs. 5,750 crores and most of its part passes through UP. ♦ This part will alleviate the congestion on the existing Kanpur-Delhi mainline and allow Indian Railways to run faster trains. ♦ UP's agricultural products will now reach the rest of the country at a faster speed. ♦ This will increase the state's export capacity, which is a landlocked area and doesn't have any port to send the items abroad.

    Foundation Stone For Tihan-IIT Was Laid

    22 days ago
    The Union Minister of Education virtually laid the foundation stone for "TiHAN-IIT Hyderabad". This is India's first testbed for Autonomous Navigation Systems (Terrestrial and Aerial). TiHAN-IIT Hyderabad: ♦ The TiHAN Foundation established at IIT Hyderabad is a multi-departmental project provided by researchers in the Electrical, Computer Science, Mechanical and Aerospace, Civil, Mathematics, and Design fields IIT Hyderabad with collaboration and support from reputed institutions and industry. ♦ The testbed will be a fully functional exemplary facility dedicated to Connected Autonomous Vehicles-CAV.  ♦ The centre's focus areas include Intelligence, Automated Transportation and Systems, Agriculture, Surveillance, and Environmental and Infrastructure Monitoring.

    Year-End Review Of The Department Of Posts (DoP)

    22 days ago
    The Department has been in operation for more than 150 years, engaged in mail delivery, deposit acceptance under Small Savings Schemes, providing life insurance cover under Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI), and providing retail services such as bill collection, sale of forms, etc. Highlights: ♦ The DoP also acts as an agent for India's Government to provide citizens with other services, such as MGNREGS salary payment and pension payment. ♦ During the COVID-19 lockdown, the department also conducted door-to-door financial services and medicines delivery. ♦ Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA) scheme: The SSA scheme was initiated by the Prime Minister in 2015 and known as the "Girls' Child Prosperity scheme ". This account aims to provide a bright future for the girl child. It offers a high-interest rate of 7.6% and tax benefits under 80C. ♦ PM Jan Suraksha Schemes: These include various insurance schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY). -    APY provides pensions to unorganized workers who are not covered by any social security scheme.  -    PMJJBY provides life insurance security to the poor and low-income section of society. ♦ Bima Gram Yojana: Bima Gram Yojana or Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana provides affordable life insurance services to people living in rural areas of the country through the postal network.

    INS Kiltan Arrived In Sihanoukville

    22 days ago
    As part of Mission Sagar III, INS Kiltan arrived in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The ship will transport 15 tons of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) warehouses to Cambodian people affected by the floods, handed over to the National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC) of Cambodia. Mission Sagar: ♦ During the ongoing COVID-19 period, India launched Mission Sagar as part of the government’s initiative towards five island nations in the Indian Ocean. ♦ The Indian Naval Ship Kesari has set off to Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, and Comoros to provide food, COVID-related medicines, including HCQ tablets and Ayurvedic medicines with the medical assistance team. ♦ In addition, as part of the mission, INS Kesari will enter the Port of Male in the Republic of Maldives and provide them with 600 tons of food. ♦ The essential drugs related to COVID-19, including HCQ tablets, have been sent to Mauritius, Maldives, and Seychelles in advance. ♦ A group of medical staff was sent to the Maldives earlier to enhance their preparations for the crisis. ♦ The Ministry of Defense stated that the deployment as ‘Mission Sagar’ is in line with India’s role as a first responder in the region, and builds on the excellent relations existing between these countries to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant difficulties. ♦ The deployment is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region ‘SAGAR’ promulgated in March 2015. ♦ SAGAR emphasized the importance India attaches to its relations with neighbouring countries and further strengthens existing ties. ♦ Operations are being carried out in close coordination with the Ministry of Defense and External Affairs and other agencies of the Government of India.

    Indian Railways Successfully Completed The Trial Run Of New Vistadome Coaches

    23 days ago
    Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal announced that Indian Railways has successfully completed the new Vistadome tourist coach's trial operation. The overall coaching factory in Chennai manufactures these coaches. Highlights: ♦ Currently, 13 Vistadome coaches are operating in India. They operate in Araku Valley, Dadar and Madgaon, Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway, Kangra Valley Railway, Kalka-Shimla Railway, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Matheran Mountain Railway. ♦ The Vistadome coach's glass roof and large windows provide unobstructed views. The glass roof of the coach is also equipped with a controlled milky white. ♦ The coach is equipped with a passenger information system, rotatable seats, automatic sliding doors, white doors for the disabled, and mini kitchens. The cost of manufacturing a Vistadome coach is Rs 4 crore. ♦ The coach also provides safety measures. The glass used has to shatter resistance and coating function. Kalka-Simla Railway: The Kalka-Simla Railway is one of the few traditional railways in the world. UNESCO recognizes it. Kalka-Shimla Railway was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008.  It was built under Herbert Septimus Harington's direction between 1998 and 1903 to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India and Latin America, with the rest of India section. Indian railway system. It is one of the three mountain railway lines in India. The other two are the Darjeeling Himalaya Railway and the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. All 3 mountain railways have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, named "Indian Mountain Railway".  The fourth mountain railway called the Marseland Mountain Railway has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The four mountain railways are narrow gauge railways.  The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is the only cog railway in India. A rack railway is a steep slope railway with a rack guide rail. Usually run on steep slopes higher than 10%.

    Gujarat Government Announced The New Solar Power Policy

    23 days ago
    On December 29, 2020, the Gujarat government announced a new solar policy for 2021. According to this policy, any developer, individual or industry can establish solar projects in Gujarat.  Highlights: ♦ This policy's main aim is to reduce the electricity cost of industrial units by approximately 50%. This can be achieved by removing the cap on the production capacity of solar projects in Gujarat. ♦ This policy allows electricity consumers to install solar projects on the roof and backyard. Consumers can also provide their space to third parties for power generation and utilization. ♦ The security deposit provided to the power company has been reduced to 500,000 rupees per megawatt. It used to be 25.5 million rupees per megawatt. ♦ The policy aims to increase the market share of the "Made in Gujarat" brand globally. ♦ This policy allows consumers to set up solar projects as collective ownership projects to achieve self-consumption. ♦ To encourage small-scale solar projects to generate electricity, the new policy is to purchase electricity at a price of 20 paise per unit. Small solar projects are those that generate up to 4 megawatts. ♦ According to this policy, the state government will purchase surplus electricity. The project owner will set the remaining power limit. For MSME and residential consumers, the Gujarat government will purchase the remaining Tower at a price of Rs 2.25 per unit. ♦ Gujarat has achieved 11,000 megawatts of green energy production capacity. Currently, the state has set a goal of producing 30,000 megawatts of clean energy by 2022. This mainly includes solar and wind energy. ♦ The policy is to reduce the cost of electricity from Rs 8 per unit to Rs 4.50 per unit. In addition, the policy is expected to reduce the production cost of solar energy. In turn, this will help national manufacturers stand out as global competitors.

    Giant Rock Bee Honey Added To Tribes India Collection

    23 days ago
    Giant Rock Bee Honey is added to the Tribes India collection. Giant Rock Bee Honey is a natural, fresh and organic product from the Malayali tribes in Tamil Nadu. Malayali Tribe: Malayali is a tribal group from the Eastern Ghats in North Tamil Nadu. They are the largest Scheduled Tribe in the region, with a population of approximately 3,58,000. Tribes people are usually mountain farmers, and they cultivate different types of millet.

    National Medicinal Plants Board Established Consortia

    23 days ago
    The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) established Consortia for Medicinal Plants. The NMPB Consortia will handle/consider issues related to cultivation, trade, etc., Highlights: ♦ The Ministry of AYUSH has launched consortia for medicinal plants, envisaging the necessity of connectivity between stakeholders in the supply chain and value chain of medicinal plants. ♦ The NMPB Consortia will handle/consider high-quality planting materials, Research & Development, cultivation, trade of medicinal plants/market linkage, etc. ♦ To establish connections between farmers and manufacturers, a "Seed to Shelf" approach is being adopted, which will involve Quality Planting Materials (QPM), Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs), Good Post Harvest Practices (GPHPs) would be addressed.  ♦ The first phase of the Consortia will cover the following medicinal plants: -    Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) -    Pippali (Piper longum) -    Aonla (Phyllanthus Emblica) -    Guggulu (Commiphora wightii) -    Satavari (Asparagus racemosus)

    National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) Inaugurated

    23 days ago
    The Prime Minister of India launched a fully operational national universal travel card service on the Airport Express of the Delhi Metro. The Card services started in Ahmedabad in 2019. Highlights: ♦ A pass card will allow them to enter through integrated channels no matter they take public transportation or where they travel. ♦ The idea of ​​NCMC was put forward by the Nandan Nilekani Committee established by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). ♦ NCMC will allow passengers who use the RuPay debit card to swipe the card, which has been issued by 23 banks in the past 18 months and can be used for subway travel. ♦ By 2022, the facility will be available on the entire Delhi Metro network. NCMC is an automatic fare collection system. ♦ It turns smartphones into interoperable transportation cards that commuters can use to pay for subway, bus, and suburban rail services. ♦ It will use smartphones (called the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system) to help subway stations get in and out. ♦ One country, one fastag makes the national road trip seamless. One country, one tax: Goods and services tax ends the tax system's complexity and brings uniformity to the indirect tax system. ♦ One country, one power grid, is ensuring sufficient and continuous power supply throughout the country. With a country and a gas network, you can ensure no seamless gas connectivity for natural gas-based living and economic parts. ♦ One country, one health insurance plan, Ayushman Bharat (Ayushman Bharat), through which thousands of Indians benefit from anywhere in the country. Citizens who move from one place to another are free from the trouble of making new ration cards through "one country, one ration card". ♦ Similarly, due to new agricultural reforms and arrangements such as e-NAM, the country moves in the direction of "one country, one agricultural market."

    Ministry Of Housing And Urban Affairs Has Launched E-Sampada

    24 days ago
    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched E-Sampada, a new web portal and mobile application. The new application provides a single-window for all services. Highlights: ♦ The new application provides a single-window for all services, including allocating more than 100,000 government residences, allocating office space to government organizations in 45 office buildings in 28 cities, and booking 1,176 holiday homes. ♦ The portal provides online facilities for users across India to make complaints, submit documents and conduct virtual hearings. ♦ This is an important step towards e-government to increase transparency and accountability, and provide various real estates services such as allotment, retention, regularization and no membership fee certification. ♦ Real-time information about asset utilization and service delivery will contribute to the best use of resources. Automated processes will minimize manual intervention and increase transparency.

    E-Sewa Kendra was inaugurated by CJI

    24 days ago
    The Chief Justice of India (CJI) unveiled e-Sewa Kendra at the Tripura High Court. e-Sewa Kendras has been created in each state's high court and a district court on a pilot basis. e-Sewa Kendra: e-Sewa Kendras has been created in each state's high court and a district court on a pilot basis. They are committed to being a one-stop center, providing all legal aid and assistance to ordinary litigants and defenders. It allows litigants to obtain information about the status of the case and obtain copies of judgments and orders. These centers also provided assistance for the electronic application of cases. These Kendra represent an important step for ordinary people and their right to justice.

    Next Instalment Of PM-KISAN Was Released

    24 days ago
    The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi virtually released the next instalment of financial benefits under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN). Through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), more than 9 crore farmers have deposited 18000 crores in bank accounts. Since the scheme started in February 2019, more than 1 lakh 10 thousand crore rupees have been paid to farmers account. Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi: PM-KISAN is a Central Sector Scheme, launched in February 2019 and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. On the first anniversary of its establishment, the PM-KISAN mobile application developed and designed by the National Informatics Center (NIC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology was launched. According to the scheme, the centre transfers a certain amount of rupees. 6,000 per year, divided into three equal instalments, directly deposited into the bank accounts of all farmers who own the land, regardless of the size of the land they own. The full responsibility for determining the beneficiary farmer family lies with the State/UT government. Aim: -    Reduce the input cost of farmers. -    Ensure fair prices for crops. -    Open up new markets for farmers to sell their crops. -    Supplement the financial needs of Small and Marginal Farmers (SMFs).

    India's First Driverless Metro Will Be Launched

    25 days ago
    The Prime Minister of India plans to hold the country's first "driverless" metro in Delhi on December 28. This will be a milestone in the rapid transit of Indian cities. Highlights: ♦ The first "driverless" train will be launched on the magenta line of the Delhi Metro. ♦ Delhi’s metro network covers the nation’s capital and adjacent cities, such as Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Bahadurgarh, ♦ The centre also notified the 2020 Metro and Railway General Rules changes because the previous regulations did not allow driverless services. ♦ DMRC's new "unmanned train" began trials in December 2017, which tested the degree of automation of the new subway equipped with unmanned train operation (UTO) and CBTC (communication-based train control) signalling systems. ♦ Driverless Train Operation (DTO) is only applicable to Line 7 and Line 8 of the DMRC network in the third phase of expansion. ♦ These corridors are equipped with advanced signal technology to make the transition possible.

    KVIC Commissioned the Monpa Hand-Made Paper Mill

    25 days ago
    Khadi and the Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has commissioned the Monpa hand-made paper mill in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. Highlights: ♦ With Khadi and the Village Industries Commission (KVIC) committed efforts, Monpa Handmade Paper has come to life again. ♦ Monpa handmade paper in Arunachal Pradesh is a traditional art that has been passed down and extinct. The art of making Monpa handmade paper originated 1,000 years ago. ♦ In Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, the art has gradually become an integral part of local customs and culture. ♦ Handmade paper with good texture is called "Mon Shugu" in the local dialect. ♦ Monpa handmade paper will be made from the bark of a local bark tree called Shugu Sheng, which also has medicinal value. ♦ In addition to handmade paper, Tawang is also famous for two other local handicrafts-handmade pottery and handcrafted furniture.

    Union Home Minister Launched Several Development Projects in Assam

    25 days ago
    The Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah initiated multiple development projects in Assam. About the Project:  The Union Home Minister laid the foundation stone for the New Medical College in Guwahati. This will be the second medical college in Guwahati city. The foundation stone of nine law colleges established in different regions of Assam was laid. A financial subsidy of 8,000 Namghars (Traditional Vaisnavite Monastery in Assam) under the Assam Darshan Programme.

    Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY SEHAT Scheme For J And K

    25 days ago
    The Prime Minister initiated the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT scheme for Jammu and Kashmir residents. Highlights: ♦ The SEHAT scheme stands for Social, Endeavour for Health and Telemedicine, a health insurance scheme for the Union Territory. ♦ The scheme provides free insurance cover to all the residents of the UT of J&K. ♦ Under the scheme, beneficiaries will receive up to 5 lakh rupees for free treatment. ♦ This treatment is not limited to government hospitals and private hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir. Instead, treatment can be obtained from thousands of hospitals established in the country under the scheme.

    Indian Railways Will Establish the Kisan Rail

    25 days ago
    Prime Minister will flag off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal. Indian Railways will establish the "Kisan Rail" through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Highlights: ♦ Kisan Rail has become a game-changer in ensuring rapid transportation of agricultural products across the country. It provides fast transport of perishable goods. ♦ The multi-commodity train service will transport vegetables and fruits. It is allowed to load and unload perishable goods at all stops on the way, and does not limit the consignment's size. ♦ The Government of India provides a 50% subsidy for the transportation of fruits and vegetables. ♦ The Indian Railways and Kisan Rail have developed a national cold supply chain for transporting perishable goods. ♦ The Minister of Finance announced in the general budget (2019-20): "The Indian Railways will establish a 'Kisan Rail' through PPP arrangements. The express trains and freight trains should be equipped with refrigerated coaches to establish a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of milk and meat”.

    President Lays The Foundation Stone For Various Developmental Projects In Diu

    25 days ago
    The President of India laid the foundation stone for various development projects in Diu. Daman and Diu ranked first in the 2019 "Swachh Survekshan". Highlights: ♦ Diu has been working hard to establish and maintain civic facilities in the Union Territory. ♦ As a result of these efforts, the Union Territory has received approximately 40 awards and honours in social development from various ministries of India's Government in the past 4 years. ♦ Through these efforts, Diu has become the first city in India, which can meet 100% of its energy needs during solar energy. ♦ All three districts of the Union Territory are declared “Open Defecation Free”. ♦ Daman and Diu ranked first in the 2019 "Swachh Survekshan".

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